Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11, Never Forget

I will never forget the morning of September 11, 2001, we had returned home around a bit after 9am from a treatment my husband received at the hospital. Our phone was ringing, my husband Steve's friend Bob, asking if we had the tv on. After we turned it on, we saw there was a national news broadcast and within minutes we saw a plane fly into what was the second World Trade Center building at that time we didn't know the first had been struck. We soon were hearing about a third plane, hijacked by Muslim terrorists that was crashed into the Pentagon.. about a half hour later we learned of a fourth plane that had crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA, even later we learned that passengers who had been told by loved ones in phone calls about the previous plane crashed soon learned another set of Muslim terrorists were on their flight and they tried to stop them.

We later learned the passengers learned the terrorists intended to fly that flight into the White House in Washington, DC, and they sacrificed themselves to prevent this from happening. It was a terrifying experience, and left so many feeling helpless. So many were glued to their television sets watching New Yorkers fleeing the downtown area, and police, fire and rescue crews all covered in the ash and as we know now asbestos and also the truly helpless workers in the towers some who leapt from the towers to their deaths. My eldest was in a morning class and called on her cell phone, we didn't get know the scope of this, so we told her we were driving to get college to pick her up. It's something we will never forget.

The next day, we learned that a young man we,and many across the country had gotten to know on the very first reality show in the US, Murder in Small Town X, Angel Juarbe,  a NYC firefighter, despite being off duty had rushed to suit up and join his fellow firefighters at Ladder Company 12 at the towers. The last time Angel Juarbe had been seen, he was climbing the stairs in the second tower to try and find, and lead to safety any survivors he could find. Not too long after the second tower collapsed. Juarbe was for so many a personal connection to the victims https://www.firehero.org/fallen-firefighter/angel-l-juarbe/  The program, Murder in Small Town X had started airing that summer, and he had become a viewer favorite. Kind, helpful, he didn't exhibit any sign of the petty, out for him/her self behavior of some of the other competitors. In fact he was the winner, he would have received his prizes the week after September 11 in the final episode. Each September 11th, I remember him as well as the many others, the other victims, including the heroic first responders,and also the brave young men and women who joined our military forces to defend our nation.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Roasted Butternut Squash (Diced or Halved) | Gimme Some Oven

The blog Gimme Some Oven shared such a truly helpful blog post for this time of year. So many want to use the wonderful squash available, but get intimidated by cutting up and/or peeling them. I was wondering what I would post as a first post and then saw this and felt it was ideal to share this link:

Roasted Butternut Squash (Diced or Halved) | Gimme Some Oven: This BEST roasted butternut squash recipe -- easy to make with either diced or halved butternut squash. Plus ideas for various seasonings you can add too!